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Week 21 Day 7
The younger generation of exiles
had never seen Jerusalem
Home was a place where
they had never been
Descriptions of the grandeur
of their homeland
and the temple
now in ruins
reminded captive Israel
of their sacred history
Stories of the
and the ordinary people
The prophets could put things
in a nutshell
You will find God
when you seek him
with your whole heart
The Lord is with you
when you are with him. KING ASA OF JUDAH His motto: clean up; build up. God added: listen up. II Chronicles 14 & 15
2Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord, 3he removed the altars of the foreign gods. 4He commanded Judah to seek the Lord God of their fathers, and to observe the law and the commandment.
5The kingdom was quiet under him. 7Therefore he said
to Judah, "Let us build these cities and make walls around
them, and towers, gates, and bars, while the land is yet before
us, because we have sought the Lord and He has given us rest
on every side." So they built and prospered.
8Asa had an army of three hundred thousand from Judah,
and from Benjamin two hundred and eighty thousand men
who carried shields and drew bows; all were mighty men
9Then Zerah the Ethiopian came out against them with an
army of a million men and three hundred chariots. 10So Asa
went out against him, and they set the troops in battle array.
11And Asa cried out to the Lord and said, "Lord, it is nothing
for You to help, whether with many or with those who have
no power; help us, for we rest on You, and in Your name we
go against this multitude."
12So the Lord struck the Ethiopians before Asa and Judah,
and the Ethiopians fled, and were overthrown; they could not
recover, for they were broken before the Lord and His army.
1Now the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded.
2He went out to meet Asa, and said, "Hear me, Asa, and all
Judah and Benjamin. The Lord is with you while you are with
Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you
forsake Him, He will forsake you. 3For a long time Israel has been without the true God, without a teaching priest, and
without law; 4but when in their trouble they turned to the Lord God of Israel, and sought Him, He was found by them. 7But you, be strong and do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded!"
8When Asa heard these words he took courage, and
removed the abominable idols from all the land and he
restored the altar that was before the vestibule of the Lord.
9Then he gathered Judah and Benjamin, and those who
dwelt with them from Ephraim, Manasseh, and Simeon,
for they came over to him in great numbers from Israel
when they saw that the Lord his God was with him. This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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